The Adulterous Woman
2And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
3And the scribes and the Pharisees bring a woman taken in adultery; and having set her in the midst,
4they say unto him, Teacher, this woman hath been taken in adultery, in the very act.
5Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such: what then sayest thou of her?
6And this they said, trying him, that they might have whereof to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.
7But when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8And again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.
9And they, when they heard it, went out one by one, beginning from the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the midst.
10And Jesus lifted up himself, and said unto her, Woman, where are they? did no man condemn thee?
11And she said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn thee: go thy way; from henceforth sin no more.
12Again therefore Jesus spake unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.
There have been moments in my life where I felt I was in the same place as the Adulterous Woman. Center stage, with someone who can condemn me or pardon me, while my accusers stood around with stones in their hands. Wondering will my Judge allow my execution to happen, wondering how I will be sentenced. Wondering How will I ever come out of this.
Jesus taught forgiveness. He stated “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.” …. Dude…he just redeemed me. That would have been my first thought the moment I realized I was still alive.
My sins of my past have been forgiven.
Though I have felt shunned, and as if I were being judged just like this Adulterous woman was judged.
People are quick to Judge one another without authority to do so. People are quick to condemn others for their actions without looking at their own actions. People are quick to forget the essence of Christianity which is forgiveness.
I recently read a Novel that brought this Adulterous woman to life. In many sense of the word, I felt I am the Adulterous Woman. The Book I read I had no idea she was the adulterous woman that the bible briefly mentions until the scene unfolded. I cried so much. I related to the character of this book just as much as I relate to this biblical passage. Not that I am or was an adulteress, but that notion of being judged, condemned, pardoned and forgiven.
Father God I thank you for the path I took, for the lessons that came out of it and for the love and forgiveness you have provided me. I have at many times felt that I could relate to this Adulterous woman, for judgment comes so easy on those whom fail to realize their own sins and afflictions. I will not judge them, nor will I ever, for your loving forging grace has shown me not to. You will deal with all of us upon judgement day and we will all have to answer for our sins. I thank you for your continued support and guidance. I ask for strength so that I may not fall in to the habit of being judge knowing that feeling of being condemned. I thank you again for my salvation, love and for forgiving me of all my sins. Amen